I am constantly amazed by some of the things that otherwise intelligent people often worry about. Some of it is stuff that doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in you-know-where of ever happening. Therefore, I would like to (hopefully) set some people’s minds at ease about a few of them. I am here to tell you that the following ten things will never happen, despite many a lost nights’ sleep over them on the part of some individuals:
1) A major U.S. city being hit by an intercontinental ballistic missile bearing a nuclear warhead. Other types of nuclear disasters are possible, but this ain’t gonna happen. We won’t be seeing any mushroom clouds over any part of the U.S. That’s because any potential perpetrator knows that such action would lead to it being wiped off the face of the earth.
2) The black helicopters coming to get us. Stuff like that only happens in novels and movies.
3) The end of winter, spring, summer, and fall as we know them. While I do believe in the general concepts of global warming and climate change, a transformation of this magnitude will never occur as long as the earth exists. My source: God Himself – He says so in His Word.
4) The U.S. government taking everyone’s guns. This is only a figment of the imagination of the deeply paranoid (and a convenient fundraising tool for the NRA). The right of individual Americans to bear arms is settled constitutional law, so there's nothing President Obama or any future liberal president could do about it, even if he wanted to.
5) Government completely taking over the U.S. healthcare system. Not gonna happen. Yes, there will eventually be healthcare reform that will include some government involvement. However, the American healthcare colossus is much too large and complicated to be processed through a single payer system.
6) One world government. Good grief! The folks in Europe can’t even make the EU work properly. How is some entity (supposedly originating from that continent) going to govern the entire world? And can you imagine radical followers of Islam, for example, submitting to some other type of authority? For crying out loud, their own governments can’t even manage them now. Ask the president of Pakistan. I also can’t see any U.S. rednecks allowing someone from Europe to boss them around.
7) Israel being wiped off the face of the earth. Such an occurrence only exists in the genocidal fantasies of lunatics like Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Fortunately, he and everyone else who entertains such ambitions will never see them come to pass. The Israelites are God’s chosen people and He would therefore never allow them to be completely annihilated.
8) The splintering of the United States. While the U.S. will likely not add any additional states, it won’t lose any either. Despite our regional and individual differences, never again will any state or group of states even attempt to secede, no matter what may come. For one thing, the Civil War was too painful of a lesson from history to risk repeating. For the other, any given state would have too much to lose by splitting off from the union.
9) An extraterrestrial invasion. Even if there is intelligent life on other planets, I doubt that those creatures would have any interest in inheriting any of our problems and catching any of our diseases. They probably have enough of their own to deal with already.
10) The “big one” hitting the west coast of the U.S. While it’s as interesting as it is scary to speculate about, it just doesn’t seem like something that could really happen. Excuse me, but I can’t envision a huge chunk of the America’s Pacific coast just disappearing into the ocean. I’m well aware of the fact that some seismologists have been warning about the possibility of a catastrophic earthquake in that region for years, but I can’t help thinking that someone is exaggerating here. I base my reasoning on similar exaggerations that I’ve heard in the past. For example, remember how New Orleans was “destroyed” by hurricane Katrina?
Obviously, some people will continue to worry about the above items. But, as I have pointed out, there is absolutely no need to. Like one of my former bosses used to say, “I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.”